“Kiss Me Kate” at Barrington Stage Co.

“Kiss Me Kate” is a fabulous production, now being performed at the Barrington Stage Co. in Pittsfield, MA. We saw it over the weekend and had a great time. The musical comedy is based on Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew”  and was first performed in 1948. The music and lyrics were written by Cole Porter.  Like the play itself, the music is timeless.  Many familiar songs were written for this Tony Award winner — “So In Love,” “Too Darn Hot,” “From This Moment On,” “Always True to You In My Fashion,” to name a few.

Cole Porter, writer of music and lyrics for "Kiss Me Kate"

Cole Porter, composer of “Kiss Me Kate”

Barrington Stage Co. is a Berkshires treasure, and ”Kiss Me Kate” is one of their best musicals yet.  The cast is filled with talented singers, dancers, and actors.  The choreography was so wonderful, and the costumes so artful, that we were mesmerized. and everyone left the theater smiling and humming.  The play revolves around two show business couples, showcasing their  antics both onstage and off as they perform  “The Taming of the Shrew.” Performances run through July 12, 2014.

More About “Kiss Me Kate”

This musical was Cole Porter’s most successful, winning a Tony for best musical in 1949. It was his first play which successfully integrated the music and lyrics with the plot. The plot revolves around two romantically involved couples who are producing a musical version of  William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.”  A movie version came out in 1953, and at least 4 TV versions have been produced in both Great Britain and the United States.

Other Barrington Stage Co. Productions

We’re fortunate to have such a professional repertory company within a few minutes of Brook Farm Inn. The lineup for this season, on the theater’s two stages, includes ” An Enemy of the People,” “The Golem of Havana,” “Dancing Lessons,” and more.  We recommend, in addition to the dramatic performances, an evening at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret.  Every week a different cabaret performance is offered in the Barrington Stage Co.’s performing arts center.

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